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The year 2020 was a whole year of figure it out! We have learned to adapt, to compromise, to appreciate the smaller things in life. Some of us have learned to keep to ourselves, others have learned to stretch...
My family has always liked board games, but the pandemic has brought out a whole other side of things. As our other avenues for entertainment and interaction dwindled, our love for board games grew, and they’re now a daily...
We talk about Santa in our house kind of like most people talk about Daniel Tiger or the Little Mermaid. It’s always been that way. Our daughter has never believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc....
  To my dear Violet Faith, on your 5th birthday,   To say the past five years have been a wild ride would be an understatement. From the moment science confirmed you were joining this world, you have kept me on my...
Ditch the stress this year and make some holiday magic with your toddlers.   Toddler /ˈtäd-lər/noun: a young child who is just beginning to walk and has a deep fondness for tormenting holiday decor.   Squishy, cute, and cuddly with angelic eyes, toddlers are...
Santa Claus peering through his glasses with a surprised look on his face

The Secret of Santa

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Here are some stellar tips for when to let your kids in on the Secret of Santa.     Do you remember when you first discovered that Santa wasn’t “real”? I don’t! I can still remember opening that one special gift from...
  I have a problem with books, especially children's books, and holidays seem to be a great excuse to find some new treasured stories! I have magical visions of curling up with the kids, drinking hot chocolate, and reading Christmas...
First-time moms learn a whole new world exists once they have a baby. But there is something about a second born child that instills grace and peace in a mama's heart.     Dear Second Baby,   While you didn’t make me a mom,...
"The great paradox of parenting is that it moves in both slow motion and fast speed."   -unknown   How is it that motherhood becomes such an integral part of who we are that we almost forget who we were before our...
As moms, we know how to provide a soft landing. But are we prepared to teach our kids the value of refueling in flight?     As a mom, I worry. I worry about my kids' physical health, as well as their...

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Six Months in Wentzville | A Post-Move Reflection

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Wentzville: Six whole months have flown by since we moved cross-country to this quiet, bustling town west of St. Louis. Moving mid-pandemic was one...